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Nothing but excellence finds a place in this treasury. By reason of its unique character and wonderful variety, the book will prove a welcome companion; it will meet every mood of the human heart. The most exquisite humor, the most touching pathos, the most thrilling patriotism, the grandest words of statesmanship, the most impressive utterances of the orator, the profound reasonings of the philosopher, the cutting satire of the critic, indeed every department of literature is fittingly represented in this treasury.
And these " Gems" are for the “Fireside.” Nothing harmful must ever enter that Eden, but all influences of good must shield the purity, and stimulate the holy ambitions, which are so appropriately enshrined in that sanctuary of embowered bliss.
“Home," to an ear refined, is sweetest of spoken words; “Home,” to an appreciative heart, is fullest of good impulses and holiest memories. “Home” is the goal to which wanderers return in thought and hope; it is the influence which longest retains its hold on earnest youth, casting its starry brightness even over the stormy seas of vice and dissipation; it is the attraction which oftenest lures weary prodigals back from error and from sin to the peaceful happy isles of the blest; so, Home, which is to all men the symbol of love, and purity, and hope, must have its "treasury” of “gems of purest ray serene.”
To constitute this "Library of Prose and Verse," the literary stores of
many ands have been put under contribution; England and Germany, and France and Italy are represented by their choicest Poets. Russia, India, China, Greece and Rome are present in admirable translations. Our own America will be seen to be no whit behind the foremost in the full and copious list of men and women, who have made, and are daily increasing her claims for prominence in the world of letters. We have from Europe, the master mind of Shakespeare, the solid grandeur of Milton, the romantic beauty of Scott, the homely sincerity of Burns, the philosophic meditations of Wordsworth, the impassioned lines of Byron, the delicate fancy of Shelly, the melodious beauty of Moore, the mirthful humor of Hood, and from America the “very choicest productions of the most famous of her sons and daughters. The topics and themes are as varied as the authors.
Since “freedom's battle once begun " is a perpetual inheritance, so round the fireside the ruddy flame of a loyal patriotism must glow. And heroic sires will find inspiration for their sons in the selections from Campbell, Longfellow, Baker, Everett, Webster and Lincoln.
As the Home must be the place for holy breathings and for consecrated hearts, it will be found that a number of selections have been made from Addison, Bunyan, Montgomery, Muhlenburg, Bonar, Willis and others, whose verse and meditations are alike free from pious cant and bigoted sectarianism.
It is believed that this collection contains vastly more of entertainment, culture and inspiration than any other volume of like size and price. It has been prepared at great expense and labor, to meet a want felt in every home, for a volume, that shall be for every day use, a source of constant instruction, inexhaustible entertainment and permanent good, that will cheer the solitary hour and charm the entire family circle.
ADELEB, Max, (Charles Heber Clarke).
Catching the Morning Train . . 61 ANDERSEN, HANS CHRISTIAN. The Little Match Girl .
The Generous Soldier Saved 91
118 Too Late for the Train .
125 Yankee and the Dutchman's Dog. 131 United in Death
137 De Pint wid Old Pete
143 Jenkins goes to a Picnic
163 Pledge with Wine
166 The Old Wife's Kiss .
244 The Last Station .
271 Schooling a Husband
313 Lord Dundreary at Brighton. 363 Regulus to the Roman Senate. 370 Hypochondriac . .
403 Mariner's description of Piano · 495
BAILEY, J. M., (Danbury News Man).
112 Sewing on a Button.
169 BAXTER, RICHARD. The Rest of the Just. .
545 BEECHER, HENRY WARD.
'Biah Cathcart's Proposal. 293 Death of President Lincoln . 598 Logs of the Arctic ...
683 BERKLEY, BISHOP GEORGE. Industry the Source of Wealth. 180
BILLINGS, Jose, (Henry W. Shaw).
DE QUINCEY, Thomas.
Execution of Joan of Arc. . . . 145 Brown, CHARLES F., (Artemus Ward). DOUGHERTY, DANIEL. Artemus Ward at the Tomb of
152 DWIGHT, TIMOTHY. Artemus Ward visits the Shakers 420
The Notch of the White MounBURKE, EDMUND.
423 The Order of Nobility.
227 On the Death of his Son.
231 EMMET, ROBERT. Bunyan, John.
A Patriot's Last Appeal. 546 The Golden City
303 EMERSON, RALPH WALDO. Baker, EDWARD DICKINSON.
607 Worse than Civil War .
516 EVERETT, EDWARD, Hon. LL.D.
355 CHAPIN, Rev. Dr. EDWIN HUBBELL.
The Indian to the Settler . 463
524 Choate, Rufus.
The Clock-work of the Skies . . 630
Arrival in Philadelphia. . . . 657
FROUDE, JAMES ANTHONY.
The Coronation of Anne Boleyn 194 Jim Smiley's Frog
510 Buck Fanshaw's Funeral
GARFIELD, JAMES A., President. COZZENS, FREDERICK S.
Golden Gems (Selected from OraThe Dumb-Waiter .
tions and Writings) . . . . 640 CROLY, GEORGE.
GREENWOOD, FRANCIS W. P.
Poetry and Mystery of the Sea . 175 CUMMING, Rev. John, D. D.
Gough, John B.
57 CURTIS, GEORGE WILLIAM.
What is a Minority. .
270 Ideas the Life of a People . . . 440
A Glass of Cold Water.
HALIBURTON, Thomas C.
Soft Sawder and Human Natur. 646
134 | HERVEY, JAMES. The Drunkard's Death
Meditation at an Infant's Tomb 321 Death of Little Nell.
256 HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL.
470 Recollections of
The Front and Side Doors . 43 Mr. Pickwick in the Wrong Room 375
Sea-shore and Mountains.
427 Sam Weller's Valentine. . 532 Hugo, VICTOR. DISRAELI, BENJAMIN.
Caught in the Quicksand. 223
506 IRVING, WASHINGTON.
PoE, EDGAR A.
The Domain of Arnheim .... 433
88 POOLE, JOHN
579 A Time of Unexampled Prosperity 448
Advice to Young Men.
598 Sights on the Sea .
PRIME, WILLIAM C.
Morality of Angling
39 JEFFERSON, THOMAS.
Habits of Trout
643 The Character of Washington · 559 PRENTISS, S. S. JERROLD, DOUGLAS.
75 Mrs. Caudle on Shirt Buttons . . 499 JONES, J. WILLIAM.
RICHTER, JEAN PAUL.
109 KANE, ELISHA KENT.
RIDDLE, MRS. J. H.
99 Arctic Life..
652 RUSSELL, WILLIAM H. KELLY, REV. WILLIAM V.
The Light Brigade at Balaklava 58
337 RUSKIN, JOHN.
Book Buyers .
660 Execution of Madame Roland .. 686 LANDOR, WALTER SAVAGE.
48 LINCOLN, ABRAHAM.
521 Dedication at Gettysburg .
SHELLEY, PERCY BYSSHE.
394 MACAULAY, THOMAS BABINGTON.
SHILLABER, B. P., (Mrs. Partington.)
232 SPEAGUE, WILLIAM B. Images
Voltaire and Wilberforce .. 661 Tacitus
STANLEY, ARTHUR PENRHYN. MASSILLON, JEAN BAPTISTE.
Children of the Desert.
STOWE, Mrs. HARRIET BEECHER. MacLean, Mrs. LETITIA E.
Zeph Higgins' Confession 248
359 Milton, John.
453 Truth ..
Scott, Sir WALTER. MOSELEY, LITCHFIELD
Rebecca Describes the Siege 539 The Charity Dinner .
326 Making Love in a Balloon . 590
TALMAGE, Rev. T. DE WITT, D. D. PABK, Mungo.
550 African Hospitality.
555 PARKER, THEODORE.
Grandmother's Spectacles. 675